Hello! My name is Shannon Taylor. I'm a long-time writer and editor living in the woods of Wisconsin with my husband, four children, two dogs, and two crazy cats.

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Happy Friday + Weekend Links

Self-portrait by Lily.
Happy Friday! How was your week? Mine was good—and it got even better when the mercury crept up past 30 degrees. The first trickles of melting snow are just starting to flow. Are you familiar with the sound of melting snow? I think it’s one of the most beautiful noises in nature.
Do you [...]

2014 Printable Oscar Ballot and Bingo

Holy frijoles, I forgot all about the Oscars! But there’s still time to stock up on popcorn and milk duds and print out some ballots before the show airs tomorrow night at 7:30 pm CST.
Jessica at How About Orange is once again sharing a printable ballot and a fun version of Oscar Bingo to make [...]

Sun Dogs

We woke up to this beautiful sight out our front windows this morning. Known officially as “parhelia,” sun dogs are the wintery version of rainbows, with ice crystals instead of water droplets refracting and reflecting the light.

Tim calls this one Sunrise on Tattooine:


Make: Chinese Year of the Horse Printable Chopstick Covers

Last week we shared a Chinese Year of the Horse necklace DIY and today we have an easy project that would be fun for all ages. To make your Year of the Horse chopstick covers, all you have to do is print out the Year of the Horse Chopstick Holders pdf, color the horses, cut them out, [...]

Frozen Fractals All Around (and some fun links)

Most of the family is skiing tonight, but Miss Lily and I stayed home to curl up and watch old Disney movies. It’s been a Disney kind of day. Don’t laugh, but earlier today I was working on a really difficult piece of writing, so I made a deal with myself: if I powered through, I [...]

How to Have Fun When It’s -20 Degrees Outside

When the temperatures dip down into the minus 20s (that’s temperature, mind you, not wind chill), there’s only one thing to do: Boil water, throw it into the frozen air, and watch it freeze instantly.

Summer Fun / Le Petit Tennis Net

Lily took tennis lessons this summer through our local community education program and got thoroughly hooked on the game. The best part is that her fabulous teacher, Lindsay, introduced us to the “mini net.” Have you seen one of these? They’re lightweight, portable nets that you can set up anywhere.
Since we live in the boondocks [...]

Les Miserables…Finally!

After what happened at Toy Story 3, I wasn’t about to watch Les Miserables in a theater with people. I kept putting off renting the movie because who goes around looking for reasons to cry? But Lexie finally said enough and tossed the DVD into our cart at the grocery store. Fine, I said, but [...]

DIY: 5 Fun Halloween Ideas via Pinterest

There are so many great ideas out there on Pinterest, but as you probably know it can be a huge time-drainer. So I did the searching for you and found these five fantastic ideas to make your Halloween even more fun. I’ll keep pinning ideas, so be sure to check out my Halloween Inspiration board.
These [...]

44 Fun Ideas for Easter Baskets

I asked a bunch of friends what their favorite Easter traditions were when they were kids, and nearly all of them said “Easter baskets.” Some had to search for their baskets because the Easter Bunny hid them, but others said the baskets were sitting out waiting prettily for them when they woke up Easter morning.
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